Scattered across the globe like so many building blocks in the playpen of a toddler architect-to-be, Gymboree Play and Music provides wee ones up to five years old with a safe place for enriching, educational play. At more than 500 facilities across 30 countries, grown-ups come along to observe art, music, and sports classes for toddlers up to five years old, as well as their signature Play and Learn sessions.
Outfitted with a movie theater, playhouse, video games, and air hockey, Adventure Kids Playcare's daycare center boasts plenty of distractions for kids of all ages. CPR- and first-aid-certified supervisors ensure that play is safe and fair, and also engage kids with scheduled story time and group activities. Separate rooms for infants and toddlers keep youngsters at a safe distance from their elders, who are particularly vulnerable to the powerful x-rays that babies emit while teething.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.
Summit Christian Academy prepares students for life as successful adults with pre-K, elementary, and secondary classes. The main school focuses on core subjects including science, engineering, and math with rigorous challenges in each. In the summer, youth camps stuff the warm days with field trips, crafts, and outdoor activities that operate on new themes every week, including weird science, underwater adventures, and treasure hunters.
The professional teachers and staff at The Children’s Courtyard nurture minds and nourish spirits in tots ranging from 6 weeks to 13 years old. Armed with training they receive at The Children’s Courtyard’s unique master schools, they lead engaging programs in interactive classrooms, most of which brim with computers equipped with up to 50 learning programs. Class participants play games, sing songs, and interact with friends, which allows them to learn valuable skills in cognition, conflict resolution, and academic performance through activities geared toward their age group. Regular programs inspire little minds in half- and full-day increments, and summer camps take kids on field trips to see new animals at the zoo, sing a song at a recording studio, and muse over the complex metaphors for the role of capitalism in a local fairy-tale play.
The two mothers who founded North Oaks Country Child Development Center were unable to find a daycare center that felt like a home for their children, so they put their heads together and created one themselves. With a focus on positive reinforcement and praise, their staff helps establish the building blocks for kindergarten and beyond—including lessons that touch on math, science, and art. Whatever the lesson, instructors aim to help kids build the self-assurance and confidence that will allow them to excel in elementary school.